I’ve picked up some extra work at my job which means I’m coming into the city almost every weekend until Labor day. Hurray for the extra money, but it’ll be a long month of August. Training for my half marathon in the fall is ramping up so my free time is pretty minimal at the moment! It seems like I’m either doing nothing in my life, or I want to cram everything in at once. Right now, it’s the latter.
I was walking up towards Columbus Circle last weekend to get to work because it was too nice out to take the subway. I took a detour up 6th since it’s much prettier than going up 8th from Port Authority. As I was walking, I noticed Magnolia Bakery across the street. The name sounded familiar, I had a feeling they were one of the better known bakeries in NYC. I did a quick online search and saw lots of comments about their banana pudding being a “must eat”. Looks like it was time for a mid morning treat!There was no line at all so I had plenty of space to browse around before, obviously, selecting this supposedly famous banana pudding. Before digging in I thought to myself, if it was that good wouldn’t I have already heard of it like the Levain cookie or the Cronut?
Well, it was good pudding, but I thought it was a little too much pudding and not enough bananas and Nilla wafers. I also feel like I’ve had better. One of the chefs at the Tuxedo Club back when I was an intern made a huge batch of homemade banana pudding and stashed it in the freezer by the pool so we could have a bowl every day for weeks. His was awesome – I don’t think he even used pudding mix, but substituted whipped cream. Either way – Magnolia’s pudding tasted just like banana pudding should taste, it wasn’t memorable.
If you want to experience it for yourself without flying to NY, here’s a link to the recipe from Spoon University.
I’d go back for a smaller container since I’m a huge banana dessert fan and will likely crave banana pudding at some future moment in my life. But this weekend, I’m going to stop by Levain instead.